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The pace of baby: what do we talk about?

During the first months, the pace of the baby goes from anarchy to a regularity which will be much easier to find that the external environment will help. Each baby has its own pace, it is not to establish a grid of normality, but to determine the rate most commonly observed in terms of sleep, wakefulness and meals.

What looks like the baby's sleep?
At first, the sleep of the newborn is very different from that of an adult, or even that of an older baby on hold since 25 hours (spontaneous rhythm of the human species) and not 24 ( pace that installs solar later). His rhythm shifts so about an hour each day.

Not only does a newborn sleeps about 16 hours on 24, but his sleep is fragmented: in periods called "ultradian" three to four hours maximum, both day and night.

At the end of the first month of exposure to alternating day / night outside the womb is gradually taking its alternating sleep / wake, which allows him to sleep longer at night: about 5-6 hours straight at 2 months and 8 to 9 hours to 3 months.

Sleep, which was especially agitated weeks (50% of time spent sleeping), become calmer and slower (27% of time spent sleeping at 3 months).

From 6 months, the baby still sleeps about 14-15 hours a day, with three or four naps during the day. Gradually, he does more than two to 12 months and one long afternoon to 18 months.

How do the wakefulness of the baby?
Between 4 weeks and 4 months, the sleep stages are interspersed with phases of quiet wakefulness, active or agitated. Observe the baby, coos, cries or plays. There is often quite a stir between 17 hours and 22 hours. Despite several studies, it can not explain the reason for the excitement most often attributed to colic, fear of the night, releasing the pressure of the day, etc..

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